a Weekend Warrior
from somerset, nj
Date Reviewed: July 27, 2009
Strengths: solid frame, great geometry, awesome standover
this is a great whip so far.
to start, its a really stiff frame, feels bullet proof. i've taken it on some really rocky technical terrain and its got a solid feel. the head angle is great for going downhill as well as up. i haven't noticed the weight on the climbs, and on the real steeps, the geo is well balanced, the front end doesn't lift up and wander like i thought it would. the standover is awesome - i'm on an XL (being 6'4") and i have plenty of "oh sh*t" room to get off the bike on skinnies or whatever. on the downhills it rails and is definitely flickable.
i'm using the platform pedals (wellgo) that came stock with 5.10 shoes and have no issues with pedal slip.
the fork is a little weak for adjustability, but its handled all the stuff i've thrown at it so far. it's more of a set and forget fork. good for jumping, not so good for small bump compliance. its a fork that you'll bust up and end up replacing, but its stiff. comes with a QR versus a thru-axle, so huge drops aren't in the equation (for me at least).
the juicy 3s are fine. i had the juicy 7s on my prior bike and i actually don't mind not having all the adjustability. just like the fork, set and forget. they work.
the wheels feel good and have taken smaller drops without issue so far. i noticed no flex in the rock gardens the sourlands in NJ delivers (for you locals). the stock tires are great. real grippy, wide, and hold real well if you lean in on the turns. i trust them.
the riser bars are comfortable, i didn't have to shave them down or cut them at all. stock grips don't hurt, and the stock stem is nice and short.
so far a real solid ride. you can take this thing well into the air as well as on x/c rides. if you're looking for a burly AM HT, pick this thing up - for the money, you'll be happy.
Weaknesses: it was good for the first year but after that the bike just started to go
it blew tons of tubes,derailleur broke multiple times,rear brake has a horrible scream
everytime i took it out something broke
its a pretty good bike if you land everything perfectly
Bike Setup: Fox talas 36, S-type's, race face grip's and single speed up frront with chain tenioner( is that how you spell it) and bash gard
a Weekend Warrior
from Edmonton, AB, Canada
Date Reviewed: August 22, 2007
Strengths: Very strong, quality welds, takes a pounding and never complains, good head set, I bought this bike for $800 mainly for the frame, the upgrades put it to $1300.
Weaknesses: The stock Marrzochi fork is junk(and heavy took off 2.5 lbs by upgrading) I race a couple times a year and the rebound adjust was terrible, upgraded the rear derrailuer because of the racing to xt. crank needs to be 175mm for more torque.
Love the bike, frame is a little heavey but built to last no stress cracks on this frame period. Really good frame for future upgrades.
My buddy and I had our bikes stolen for UC Santa Cruz - Porter College building. Bikes were chained up like crazy and they still managed to get them free.
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